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Emergency Contraception: A to Z

emergency contraceptionEmergency birth control can help you prevent pregnancy even after you had unprotected intercourse or if your contraception failed to work. There are some types of Emergency contraceptives that are in the pill form or in barrier form. Some work for five days after you have had unprotected intercourse while others work for three days following the incident.

The most used form of emergency contraception is the morning after pill. Some are sold without prescriptions, while others are not. One such brand is Plan B emergency contraceptive pill.

  1. What is an emergency birth control?

Emergency contraception is a method of preventing pregnancy you can use if you had intercourse without using birth control or if the contraceptive did not work correctly. You must use it as soon as you have had made love to get more effectiveness out of the pill.

EC is not the same as abortion pill, despite popular misconception. The biggest difference being that if you are already pregnant, morning after pill cannot work, but the abortion pill can let you to terminate the pregnancy.

Day after pill is not meant to be and should not be used as a regular birth control pill.

  1. What types of Emergency contraceptive pills are available online?

Many women buy Plan B online as it is the most commonly used ECP worldwide.

  1. How do ECPs work?

Morning after pills mainly work by delaying or preventing ovulation, i.e. the act where the egg is released from the ovary. In a rare chance, emergency contraception may possibly prevent fertilization of the egg by the sperm if ovulation has already taken place. However, if the fertilized egg has already been implanted in the uterine lining [ i.e. you have already conceived], ECPs will not harm/stop your pregnancy.

Furthermore, there is also a chance the ECP might fail if the ovulation has already happened.

  1. When should one use Day after pill?

Consider using Plan B birth control in emergency cases like:

  • You didn’t or forgot to use your regular contraception
  • You think your birth control method did not work

For e.g. – a. Combined birth control pills – You did not take them every day or as instructed

b. Nuvaring – You put it in late or took it out too soon

c. Male condom – It split or had a tear hole.

  1. How quickly should one use ECP after unprotected intercourse?

Morning after pill works best when you use it as early as possible after you have unprotected intercourse. If you are unable to take it just after, the emergency birth control pill can still work to prevent conception if taken up to three to five days after unprotected intercourse. The capability of pregnancy prevention to protect from 3 to 5 days is dependent on the type of ECP in use.

For e.g. Plan B pills can be used for three days [ 72 hours] following the unprotected sexual activity.

  1. Can I get emergency contraceptive pills before I need them?

You can. There are many women who order plan B online and keep a stock of it, for them to use any time they need.

Emergency contraceptive should be made over the counter medicine?

 

Emergency contraceptive should be made over the counter medicine

Emergency contraceptives (EC) are used in case of accidental / missed pre-planned contraceptives such as missing birth control pills or broken condom. The most common method being the after morning pill, these tablets can be taken after the intercourse within 72 hours, i.e. 3 days.

How does it work?

Emergency contraception works by delaying ovulation that means, the time when your egg is released and has a possibility of getting fertilized by sperm. In some cases it also works by preventing the fertilized egg from attaching itself to the uterine lining of the womb.

These pills however don’t work on existing pregnancy. In such case abortion pills such as Mifeprex and Misoprostol should be used (if the pregnancy is within 10 weeks).

The day after pill such as Plan B and its various generic variants help stop ovulation and should be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Some research report state that emergency contraceptive may be effective up to 5 days but even then the sooner the pill taken, the better it works. (Plus its’ working is dependent on the location of your cycle).

What is day after pill?

Emergency contraceptive pills contain synthetic Levonogestrel and Progestin that prevents the pregnancy by stopping the egg from attaching to the womb (implantation), delaying ovulation and stopping fertilization. It contains two medicines which need to be taken in between 12 hours gap. Emergency contraceptives have zero risks pertaining to birth defects or pregnancy troubles later; therefore this is a trusted mean for preventing pregnancy.

The first pill must be taken within three days or there is a high chance of it being in-effective, especially after the 5th day.

Is it available over the counter?

In many clinics, day after pills which are progestin-only are sold as over the counter drugs. This, law, however is not applicable all over the world. In many regions you need to get a prescription to acquire after morning pills.

In some states, Plan B one-step and its various generic variants like ‘Next choice one dose’ and ‘my way’ are unrestrictedly sold on drug store shelves. In such cases, women under seventeen also can buy them without ID or prescription (progestin-only emergency contraceptive tablets).

As this is not an applicable everywhere, prescribed emergency contraceptive is the only legal pregnancy preventive measure in other places. Due to restrictive laws, women cannot buy such contraception if they are under 17 or don’t have a prescription. As this law may affect the cause of the pill as acquiring a prescription may take some time, duration to use morning after pill may have been passed.

Many health care providers and medicine experts are therefore fighting for women’s right to access emergency contraceptive without going through the hurdle of getting a doctor’s prescription.

Nowadays you can buy EC such Plan B online, but it is important to confirm if the source should be trusted.

Pre-caution

Women who are breast feeding or diabetic should not consume Plan B tablets, In case of vomiting within two hours of consumption of either tablet, one should repeat that dose.

Changing views on contraception

Debate over accessibility of contraception and pregnancy cancelation continues, even so proper sex education is changing people’s views. Due to access of emergency contraceptives and birth control methods, even abortion rates are dwindling.

As this is an important social and personal matter it is the people’s perception that will lead the society for acceptance of pregnancy prevention matters. Dialogue should continue and to do so you should also present your views forth.